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The Illusionist

The Illusionist

A Feature film by Sylvain Chomet

Release in France : 16/06/2010

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Co-productions :

France 3 Cinéma, Ciné B

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

Foreign production company :

Django Films

French distribution :

Pathé Production

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The illusionist is a dying breed of stage performer. Ever since rock and pop stars have taken away slightly more than his bread and butter, his worsening economic situation has forced him to accept questionable engagements in dubious basement venues, at garden parties or in bars and cafés. In one of these obscure establishments a village pub on Scotlands west coast he meets an innocent young girl named Alice. The encounter changes his life completely.
Alice is just as delighted by his magical tricks as everyone else watching the illusionist that night. The performance has been arranged in order to celebrate the advent of electricity on their remote island. But, unlike the others, Alice is completely captivated by our hero and is convinced that his tricks are truly the result of magic. She follows the illusionist to Edinburgh and keeps house for him while he performs at a small local theatre. Delighted by her enthusiasm for his art, he rewards her by conjuring up ever more generous presents. Unable to imagine anything worse than disappointing Alice, the illusionist cant bring himself to admit that he cannot really perform magic instead allowing himself to be bankrupted by the constant present-giving
The sad yet salutary romantic tale of THE ILLUSIONIST is based on a screenplay by Jacques Tati



The Illusionist

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Full credits (11)

Assistant Director :

Paul Dutton

Voice :

Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin

Press Attaché (film) :

Robert Schlockoff

Production Designer :

Isobel Stenhouse

Compositor :

Jean-Pierre Bouchet

Sound mixers :

Jean-Paul Loublier, Carl Goetgheluck

Screenwriter :

Jacques Tati

Production manager :

Fiona Hall

Editor :

Sylvain Chomet

Music Composer :

Sylvain Chomet

Special Effects :

Olivier Malric

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Feature film

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Animated film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Great Britain

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Nationality :

Minority French (France, Great Britain)

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Runtime :

1 h 20 min

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Dolby SRD

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Posters (7)


News (17)

Festival Selections (23)

Academy Awards - 2011

Academy Awards (United States, 2011)


Nomination for Best Animeted Feature

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2010

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2010)


Wonderland Section

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2010

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)


Official International Selection

Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2010

Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2010)


Special Presentation

Bienne French Film Festival - 2010

Bienne French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2010)


Swiss Premieres

TIFF - 2010

TIFF (Canada, 2010)


Special presentations

TIFF - 2009

TIFF (Canada, 2009)


Special presentations


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2011

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2011)


César Award for Best Animated Feature



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